The 5 Main Categories Of Health And Why They're Important

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Written By Lizzie Weakley / Reviewed By Ray Spotts

There are five main categories of health, and they are physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and environmental. Each category of health is different, and each uniquely affects the others.

The roles each of these categories plays vary from disorder to disorder. Mental disorders can cause chemical imbalances, creating physical symptoms like heart attacks or seizures.

Physical Health

Most health issues are physical. These include illnesses like cancer and diseases such as diabetes, blood clots, and heart disease.

Environmental factors can also impact physical health, especially pollution, chemicals in the water, and environmental toxins.

Mental conditions can create physical symptoms such as hormonal imbalance or even joint pain or weakness because of a brain condition.

Dental crowns or root canals can also cause oral health problems if they become infected.

Mental Health

Mental health disorders are harder to diagnose than physical issues because mental symptoms are harder to detect. A person can have depression without showing any signs, for example.

In some cases, if the chemical imbalance is severe enough and if the disorder is left untreated long enough, it can result in death from suicide or something like a brain seizure or heart attack.

Emotional Health

Emotional health is the most difficult to define, but it refers to our feelings and emotions. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), "depression or other emotional problems may contribute to substance abuse, chronic pain or other health problems." Other emotional states that can contribute to health issues are anxiety and despair.

Spiritual Health

The fifth category is spiritual health. The term "spirituality" describes our feelings towards any relationship with the divine. It is often associated with religious beliefs, but spirituality can include views on life after death to even quantum physics.

Spirituality doesn't require belief in any specific religion, creed, or dogma. Many people who don't consider themselves religious still have a sense of spirituality that guides their values and morals.

Environmental Health

Environmental health is defined by environmental toxins such as pollution, chemicals, or radiation and by living in a toxic environment. Some people may live in an area where violence or conflict is so rampant that they cannot focus on their overall health. They may have emotional distress and difficulty dealing with everyday issues.


These are the five main categories of health and why they're important. Each category is unique in its way and connects differently. For example, emotional well-being can help prevent mental disorders and physical health or vice versa.

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Written By:

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

Reviewed By:

Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at

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